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CHY3201 : Advanced Physical Chemistry (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To explain the energetics and dynamics of chemical reactions in terms of detailed molecular behaviour; to provide an understanding of chemical nanoscience, and to review selected advanced experimental techniques. To practise and develop skills in molecular modelling.

Outline Of Syllabus

Energetics and Dynamics

Molecular photophysics, Potential energy surfaces, Radiative decay, Nonradiative processes, Energy-gap law, Isomerisation, Energy transfer, Spin restriction, Marcus theory, Revision seminar

Molecular Modelling

Introduction to molecular modelling, Quantum concepts, basis functions, Ab initio quantum chemistry: Hartree-Fock and density functional theory, Applications of ab initio quantum chemistry, Molecular mechanics and applications, Revision seminar.

Chemical Nanoscience

Introduction to Chemical Nanoscience, Electronic structure of solids – tight binding and nearly-free electrons, Nanoparticles and Quantum dots – properties and synthesis, Applications of nanoparticles, Conductance in solids, Nanowires – properties and synthesis, Electron and probe microscopy, Revision seminar.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials240:3012:00Structured GL Online material.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Preparation and completion of online assessed coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00PiP lectures or computational workshops - 8 x 1hr
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Drylab assessment and preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion162:0062:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00PiP lectures, scheduled LTA
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities61:006:00seminars PiP, online under social distancing.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities17:007:00Structured reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery111:0011:00Office hour drop In sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study112:0012:00Independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk132:0032:00The module team will provide structured reading covering topics within the module
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CHY3206Advanced Physical Chemistry
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students acquire knowledge and understanding through online lectures, drylabs and seminars. They learn to plan and organise their work by way of seminars while the online lectures provide the necessary opportunity to practice note-taking.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50Exam or alternate online assessment in case of no PiP examinations.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CHY3206Advanced Physical Chemistry1N/A
CHY8841Contemporary Inorganic and Physical Chemistry1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M50Online class test on dry labs
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The online alternate assessment will test the student's knowledge and understanding of the principles of physical chemistry.

The modelling component is examined by practical write-ups and the knowledge outcomes by online test (45 min).

Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss this.

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